The Co-operative Group

Lead Events Manager

Manchester city centre with travel across UK
Up to £67,900 plus benefits (Grade D)
07 Mar 2019
06 Apr 2019
B2B, B2C
Business Type
Brand / In-house
Contract Type

If you can bring the drive and experience we need, we can offer you a fantastic opportunity to develop your career and make a real impact with a business that puts people at the heart of its strategy.

In this role, we’ll look to you to lead the events team to successfully deliver a full calendar of national and high profile events. Our events team manage around 250 consumer, supplier and internal events across the country each year, from charity events to supplier awards. And it’ll be up to you to make sure that each and every one of them lands successfully, on time and within budget.

What you’ll do:

  • Take our brand, customer and communication strategies and turn them into an events activation plan; making sure Co-op’s brand, values, purpose and commitments are at the core of every event 
  • Advise the Director of Marketing on our future strategy; sharing your expertise and supporting key decision making
  • Take a strategic lens over the Co-op events plan, making sure the team are on track 
  • Look at the best way to drive sales and profit for external charity events 
  • Own project meetings for more high profile and flagship events 
  • Lead and coordinate the events team (7 colleagues) to successfully deliver events
  • Manage and delegate ad hoc requests from the business
  • Manage the overall events budget and allocation
  • Hold regular check in and drop in meetings to keep ahead of what’s going on
  • Work with colleagues, leaders and teams across the Co-op, managing expectations 
  • Look at how we can evolve and roll out our ‘taste and tell’ proposition across other locations

This role will suit people who have:

  • Senior event management experience working across high profile consumer facing events 
  • Great people management and leadership skills
  • Experience of taking strategies and applying to events
  • Great influencing and negotiation skills
  • Amazing relationship management skills, up to a senior level 
  • An innovative and forward thinking approach
  • The ability to confidently deal and manage complex problems
  • Evidence of driving cost efficiencies and maximising return
  • The ability to work at pace and juggle multiple priorities
  • Retail events experience – this would be a huge advantage

Why Co-op?

As a Co-op colleague you’ll do work that matters in an organisation where principles are just as important as profits. You’ll also get a package that includes:

  • A competitive salary and company car
  • 28 days holiday (rising to 31 in line with service)
  • An annual incentive scheme
  • Access to private health scheme
  • Discounts on Co-op products and services
  • A pension with up to 10% employer contributions

Building an inclusive workplace

We’re actively building diverse teams and welcome applications from everyone. But simply having a diverse workforce is not enough. We want to create an inclusive environment, where everyone can contribute their best work and develop to their full potential. We celebrate our differences, and recognise the importance of our teams reflecting the communities they serve.

We can make reasonable adjustments to our interview process according to your needs. And we offer a flexible working environment so you can adjust your hours to suit your personal circumstances.

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